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"Shall We Play A Game?"
We all have our favorite movies and films, ones we watch again and again until we can quote the lines by heart. Some of us know lines made famous such as,
"Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn."
"Say hello to my little friend!"
"I coulda been a contender."
Our families and friends become irritated with us as we say each line along with the character on the screen, telling us to hush, be quiet or use other, stronger words in order to make us shut our mouths! How well do you know your films? How well do you know other films, ones which have lines commonly heard in day to day life by other film lovers?
Let's find out, shall we?
"Shall we play a game?"
Can you name the film this quirky, frightening line is from?
Ok the correct answer is...
WarGames! Starring Mathew Broderick and Ally Sheedy this cold war classic about a high school hacker breaking into the government's high powered computer system and playing a game that turns out to be all too real for his comfort. Well written, and standing the test of time War Games remains one of those films that you catch on the tube and sit spellbound through the end, watching as the computer calls Broderick back time and again to continue "playing" Global Thermo-Nuclear War with its goal being to destroy the world by launching nukes and starting WWIII.
"'Scuse me while I whip this out!"
What classic film is this line from?
If you said Boogie Night, shame on you! The correct answer is Blazing Saddles. I know, I know this is filled with things you just don't say in today's "Politically Correct" times, but it is still the king of comedies and has some of the most unforgettable lines ever uttered.
"Chewing gum on line"
"My name is Jim, but most people call me...Jim"
"Mongo only pawn in game of life"
Gene Wilder, Cleavon Little, Harvey Korman, Madeline Kahn, Slim Pickens (I LOVE that name!) Dom DeLuise, Alex Karras and that master of comedy himself, Mel Brooks worked magic with the script and created a film that will most definitely live in infamy for years to come.
"Cut me some slack, Jack"
What film did this line come from?
Airplane! Extra credit to you if you can name the actress that uttered these immortal words. Was it:
Julie Hagerty, Barbara Billingsley, Maureen McGovern or Ethel Merman? That's right, it was June Cleaver herself, Barbara Billingsley who conversed in Jive Talk with those two hip gentlemen on board the ill fated plane way back in 1980, assisting the stewardess in translating between the ill man and the stewardess. Wasn't it cool to hear Mrs. Cleaver talk that way? Guess she must have learned it from Eddie Haskell!
Other lines include:
"Don't call me Shirley!"
"We have clearance, Clarence."
"Roger, Roger. What's our next vector, Victor?"
Starring Leslie Nielsen, Peter Graves, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Robert Stack and Lloyd Bridges, this film raised the level of dead pan, dry humor to new heights.
"Put the evidence in the car."
Now, think hard: is this a crime drama or not?
You got it! Smokey and the Bandit starring Jackie Gleason and Burt Reynolds is another one of those films that has more lines people quote then they don't. Gleason is at his best as Sheriff Buford T. Justice of Texas, chasing Reynolds' Bandit across state after state, getting closer and closer but just never quite catching him. The other sheriff departments they meet, the truckers, and just about every character in the movie is memorable. Check it out if you haven't one so, and it might be time for a re-visit for those who are familiar with this little gem of a comedy.
"It's a madhouse! A madhouse!"
Can you pick the correct answer?
"It's a madhouse! A madhouse!" One of those lines that can be used almost daily, it sometimes feels; but to answer the question it is from the original 1968 Sci-Fi masterpiece Planet of the Apes starring Charlton Heston. Based on the 1963 book by Pierre Boulle` it stands the test of time even when confronted by a remake of the movie done in 2001. The book and film gave rise to follow up films spanning the next decade or so, plus a short lived television series. Its chilling account of a world turned upside down with Man being the beast and Apes the masters is terrifying to say the least.
"Love means never having to say you're sorry."
Hmm, what do you think? Is this from...
Well, this seems like a romantic line to say, or possibly a sad one. Maybe both at once. So, what movie could be both about love and sadness?
Starring Ali MacGraw and Ryan O'Neal this bittersweet story about a love between two people from different worlds is truly one of finding a love only to lose it.
One more time...
Okay, time for a gimme. The answer is All of the above! Of course! How many times does Doc Brown say this line in the BTTF franchise? I have no idea but it feels like a lot. Christopher Lloyd, aka Doc, aka Reverend Jim, aka Uncle Fester, aka The Pagemaster is one of the great under-appreciated talents of our time. Take a look at his list of television and film credits and see how many you have watched over the years; you might be surprised. Myself, I count nearly forty (40) movies and television series/episodes I have viewed with him in them. Staggering!